According to Variety, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe and Mare Winningham have signed on for roles in History's upcoming mini-series 'The Hatfields and McCoys: An American Vendetta.'
They join previously announced leads Bill Paxton (Randall McCoy) and Kevin Costner (Anse Hatfield) in the period piece, which follows the bloody 13-year feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Costner will play Anse Hatfield. The series will retell the tale of the bloody feud between the two families. It's set to air next year, the 150th anniversary of the infamous clash.
"'The Hatfields & McCoys' is a classic tale of American history," Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager of History, said in a statement. "These are names that are widely recognized, yet few people know the real story that made them famous."
Leslie Greif's Thinkfactory Media is behind the project.
"As an avid history fan, I am thrilled to join with Leslie Greif and History in this dramatic re-telling of a classic and timeless tale that is forever immersed in the folklore of our country," Costner said in a statement.
History recently announced 'The Bible,' a new miniseries from Mark Burnett.
In other casting news ...
• Anna Kournikova will officially train contestants on next season of 'The Biggest Loser.' Trainers Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova will not be returning. [Vulture]
• 'Lights Out' star Billy Brown has joined the cast of 'Dexter.' Brown will play Mike Cutler, Chicago transplant who steps on some toes at Miami Metro. [THR]
• Nancy Grace has quit 'Swift Justice.' Grace attributed her decision to leave the series to the shift in production from Atlanta to Los Angeles. "I am so proud of the work we have done on 'Swift Justice.' Leaving such a successful show was a tough decision, but, with the increased requirements of the production's relocation to Los Angeles, it became challenging to balance my most important job -- mother to John David and Lucy -- back home." She'll be replaced by Jackie Glass. [Entertainment Weekly]
Sorry, we don't mean to make fun of Mr. Costner. And actually, he's done something that's fairly incredible. Using his own money, Costner has created an oil separation machine. This is not a joke. Kevin Costner actually spent $24 million to make a machine that could assist with the Gulf oil spill. His invention can remove oil from water. Seriously. That's amazing.
On 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), Costner showed up to discuss his invention, and the BP spill in general. Like Robert Redford before him, Costner seemed to feel that the spill was a natural result of the failure of big business and government. "This is something that was bound to happen," he said.
What do you think? Was the spill inevitable?
Come on, Kevin. This is A&E. Remember their first, and only so far, mini-series The Andromeda Strain? Yeah, I actually watched it and it was horrible! Which means this one simply has to be better. Right? It can't be much worse. Truly. It can't.
I could spend hours looking for old TV commercials that feature celebrities that went on to bigger and better things. Yes, I have a terrible social life.
After the jump is the long forgotten commercial from 1983 for the Apple Lisa, the very expensive (I think it cost around $8-10,000) computer that launched just before the Mac. I'm not sure how many Lisas Apple sold, but it wasn't a success, though its place in computer history is legendary. The ad stars Kevin Costner, long before his big screen success in movies like The Untouchables, Bull Durham, and Field of Dreams.
The bad news? This is a Universal set, so there are hardly any extras at all. But it's still good to finally have the show on DVD, even if overall the show was so-so (from what I remember anyway - haven't seen the show in several years).
Seriously, how much house does one person need? Could he spend, maybe, $2 million on a really nice home, and maybe spend the rest on hair product, or maybe gifts for Teri? Why spend that much money, unless you're role model is Dr. No and you plan on trying to take over the world from sercret underground lair? Is the place surrounded by water like in Costner's Waterworld?
I'm actually a defender of Seacrest, though I guess this seems a bit extravagant to me. But what do I know? I'm just happy I could pay my electric bill this month.
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